The Telangana government was forced to release Rupees 220 Cr to pay off the dues to farmers under Rythu Bandhu scheme. This came after two farmers at Kishtampalli village came complaining about the non-receipt of Rythu Bandhu benefits for the yasangi season.

The entire amount due to the beneficiaries this season stands at 800 crore rupees. Sources in the Finance department said the rest of the amount will be issued in the next 3 to 4 days.

With Elections round the corner, it seems the governments cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the problems of farmers. Facing the same complaint from farmers of various constituencies while campaigning, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao vowed to resolve the issue before elections begin.

Farmers who did not receive the benefits under Rythu Bandhu scheme went on to complain the issue even to the opposition parties who seized the chance and lashed out at the ruling TRS.

A total of 58.33 Lakh farmers were identified as beneficiaries under the flagship scheme of TRS government. An amount of 4,625 crore has been released for the scheme so far.

Rythu Bandhu scheme was introduced by the Telangana government to provide investment support (agriculture and horticulture crops) of 4,000 Rupees per acre per farmer each season to purchase inputs like seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, labour and other investments. A budget of 12,000 crores has been allotted to the scheme in the 2018-19 budget of Telangana State.

Official sources stated “Non availability of proper land records have also led to some exclusion errors. This was one of the main reasons for non-receipt of the benefits by numerous farmers under Rythu Bandhu scheme.”

Telangana state is all set to go for polls in the first phase which is to begin on April 11th.

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